Assistant Principal Librarian
Born in Madison, Wisconsin. Bachelor’s degree in bassoon, the University of Wisconsin–Madison, studying with Richard Lottridge; master’s degree, Cincinnati College–Conservatory of Music, a student of William Winstead. Prior to the Philharmonic: Librarian, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra. Acting Principal Librarian for the New York Philharmonic in the 1998–99 season. Prepared more than 50 recording, television, and film projects, including Saving Private Ryan. At the Philharmonic:
Joined in September 1999.
DESCRIBE YOUR JOB AT THE PHILHARMONIC:
The librarians are responsible for the accuracy, clarity, organization, and distribution of all music performed by the Orchestra, including chamber works, and music used for auditions. It requires knowledge of ranges, transpositions, and the sometimes arcane notational conventions for
all instruments of the orchestra.
EARLIEST MUSICAL MEMORY:
Watching Evening at Pops
on television while eating Swanson’s TV dinners. I loved it. Who ever thought I would be working on that show later in life!
WHEN DID YOU TAKE UP AN INSTRUMENT?
I started on the piano in second grade, took up the bassoon in sixth grade, and subsequently learned lots of wind and brass instruments. About five years ago I got the itch to take up bassoon again after a 12-year hiatus.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO LIBRARY WORK?
In high school I helped out in the band room, and in college I worked as librarian for the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra. I basically learned on the job, especially in Cincinnati — in both the classical and pop repertoires.
MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT WITH THE ORCHESTRA:
My first Parks concert in 1999 looking out over the Great Lawn in Central Park. It's twilight, with the silhouetted skyline to the south accompanied by Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.
ARE THERE MUSICIANS IN YOUR FAMILY?
My mother is a pianist and organist, my grandfather was a violinist, my dad played trombone, my brothers are percussionists, and one of my sisters plays the piano. I have many happy childhood memories of a house filled with love and music.
WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN LISTENING TO RECENTLY?
Led Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy,
Barber's Summer Music,
and Bob Belden's Black Dahlia
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO OUTSIDE OF WORK?
Reading, crosswords, cooking, traveling, watching movies, enjoying art, and volunteering
As of September 2013